Top 6 Best Short Treks in Nepal – Snapshot Overview

View of Everest from Gokyo valley

If you’re thinking about visiting Nepal, this snapshot overview of some of the best treks that the country has to offer is everything you’ve been searching for. From the most popular trekking destinations to hidden gems that are waiting to be discovered, from grueling encounters to short and scintillating journeys, this guide of the best short treks in Nepal has everything that you could possibly imagine.

Nepal attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists each year and more than 200000 of these visitors come to the country to become a part of one if its magnificent treks through the Himalayan region. If you’re still wondering which trek suits your preferences and your lifestyle, take a look at some of the most popular trekking adventures below.

We believe that choosing the ultimate short trek in Nepal ultimately boils down to answering a few basic questions and then finalizing a trekking experience that offers everything you’re looking for. Here are some of the questions you need to be asking yourself before taking a plunge into the Himalayas.

  1. The level of difficulty that you’re most comfortable with. There are easy, moderate and difficult treks you can choose from, so choose carefully.
  2. The number of days you’d like to spend on a trek in Nepal. Short treks usually range from 5 to 10 days.
  3. The remoteness you’re looking for. Some treks can be incredibly remote, but others are fairly commercialized. Remember, the remote treks might not offer luxury lodges and fully developed accommodation options either.
  4. The amount you’re willing to spend on a trek.
  5. The season you choose for trekking. Most treks in Nepal usually feel the best between September to November and March to May.
  6. Whether you’re traveling alone or in a group. Some treks have restricted permits, which means that you need at least 2 people and a guide to do that trek.

Here are some of the best short treks in Nepal to choose from. Each of these treks offers a wide range of options, ensuring that you always have something perfect right in front of you.

Poonhill Trek – 5 to 7 Days

Sun rise seen from Poon hill

Those looking for a short trek that lets them explore the beauty of the Himalayas won’t find a better option than the Poonhill trek. Rising to a height of 3210 meters, Poonhill presents some of the best views of the surrounding mountainside, and despite the number of stairs you have to climb in this trek, the experience is well worth it. The trek requires moderate fitness, and is usually a great option for all kinds of travelers. There’s no real risk of altitude sickness, and the beauty all around is simply spell-binding.

Highlights

  • Fantastic sunrise views from Poonhill
  • Close to the city of Pokhara
  • Great cultural insights into the region’s heritage

Lowlight

  • The trek can be quite strenuous

Trek Facts

  • Trekking Difficulty: Level 1 – Easy Difficulty
  • Remoteness: Not Remote
  • Pricing: Cheap
  • Best Season: October to November and March to May
  • Accommodation type: Basic tea houses, luxury lodges
  • Restricted Permits: No
  • Max elevation: 3,210 m (Poonhill)
  • Accessible during Winter (Dec-Jan): Yes

Langtang Trek – 7 to 13 Days

View Of Langtang Valley, Nepal
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The Langtang trek is easily the best short trek in Nepal. Located close to the Tibetan border, this mind-blowing journey not only introduces you to scintillating scenery, but also presents ancient Buddhist culture at its eloquent best. The trek passes through a number of monasteries and villages and lets you visit a peak that rises to heights of more than 4900 meters.

Highlights

  • Trekking to the top of Tserko Peak (4984 m)
  • An authentic experience in a short time
  • Culturally rich region

Lowlight

  • The trek feels the same while going up and coming down

Trek Facts

  • Trekking Difficulty: Level 3 – Moderate difficulty
  • Remoteness: Not Remote
  • Pricing: Cheap
  • Best Season: October to November and March to May
  • Accommodation type: Tea houses, luxury lodges
  • Restricted Permits: No
  • Max elevation: Tserko Ri (4984m)
  • Accessible during Winter (Dec-Jan): Yes

Kathmandu Valley Trek – 4 to 7 Days

 A view of Nagarkot, a village located 32 km east of Kathmandu
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The Kathmandu Valley trek offers an exquisite trekking experience right outside the city. It brings you closer to fascinating natural beauty and rural cultures, all the while keeping you close to the majestic mountains that make this region so popular. The valley is surrounded by a number of 7000 and 8000 plus mountains, so you can always expect phenomenal views and enjoyable experiences. The Kathmandu Valley rim is sure to be the highlight of this trek as it lets you enjoy 180-degree views that stretch from the Everest in the east to Annapurna in the west.

Highlights

  • Explore the stunning Kathmandu Valley
  • Enjoy the natural beauty of the surrounding countryside
  • Visit ancient villages and become a part of age-old cultures and traditions

Lowlight

  • The trek usually covers the foothills of the mountains, so don’t expect to get close to stunning peaks and alpine scenery

Trek Facts

  • Difficulty: Level 1 – Easy difficulty
  • Remoteness: Not Remote
  • Price/ Cost: Cheap
  • Best Season: October to November and March to May
  • Accommodation type: Basic tea houses, luxury lodges
  • Restricted Permits: No
  • Max elevation: 2285 m (Champadevi)
  • Accessible during Winter (Dec-Jan): Yes

Everest View Trek – 7 to 12 Days

Namche Bazaar a village Solukhumbu District in the Sagarmatha Zone of north-eastern Nepal
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The Everest View trek is a short panaroma trek that is perfect for those wanting to experience the magnificence of Mt. Everest, but don’t wish to put themselves through all that physical effort. It also suits newbie trekkers wanting to start off their trekking adventure with a bang or those short on time. The trek passes a number of Sherpa villages, including the Sherpa capital, Namche Bazaar, ensuring that you always have enough cultural highlights to look forward to. Better yet, just about every village offers stunning views of the mountains and the natural beauty on display is simply mind-blowing. Some of the main highlights of this trek include the Everest View Hotel, the beautiful Khumjung village, the exquisite Tengboche Monastery and grand views of Mt. Everest.

Highlights

  • The Khumbu region presents one of the most beautiful treks of Nepal
  • Chitwan National Park and its stunning wildlife
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the Kathmandu Valley
  • Option to enjoy white water rafting in Trishuli River

Lowlight

  • The trail is similar while going up and coming down

Trek Facts

  • Difficulty: Level 2 – Easy difficulty
  • Remoteness: Not Remote
  • Price/ Cost: Medium
  • Best Season: October to November and March to May
  • Accommodation type: Basic tea houses, luxury lodges
  • Restricted Permits: No
  • Max elevation: 3867 m (Tengboche Monastery)
  • Accessible during Winter (Dec-Jan): Absolutely!

Tamang Heritage Trek – 8 to 14 Days

A picturesque view of Langtang valley in Nepal
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The Tamang Heritage trek is another exciting trek that lets you explore the beautiful culture and heritage of the Himalayas while keeping you close to the stunning natural beauty that the region is so famous for. It offers great insights into the lifestyles of the Tamang people, traditional mountain dwellers belonging to the Langtang region. The trek also introduces you to a number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the region and helps you satiate your desire for exquisite mountain views and alpine scenery. As one of the newly developed treks, Tamang Heritage trek is yet to make its way to mainstream tourism, and this means that you simply have to enjoy the trek before it starts attracting hordes of tourists.

Highlights

  • Excellent cultural insights into the heritage of the Tamang people
  • Option to buy exclusive handicraft items
  • Enjoy traditional Tamang hospitality
  • Hot water springs

Lowlight

  • Tamang Heritage trek is relatively new, so some facilities might feel raw/ underdeveloped
  • Lack of luxury lodges in the area

Trek Facts

  • Difficulty: Level 3 – Medium Difficulty
  • Remoteness: Remote
  • Price/ Cost: Cheap
  • Best Season: September to November and March to May
  • Accommodation type: Basic tea houses, camps
  • Restricted Permits: No
  • Max elevation: 3870 m (Kyanjin Gompa)
  • Accessible during Winter (Dec-Jan): Yes

Annapurna Panorama Trek – 7 to 12 Days

Panoramic view of Annapurna
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The Annapurna Panorama Trek can be described as one of the top incentive trekking destinations in the country due to the spectacular trekking route that it offers. The trek is quite similar to its counterpart in the Mt. Everest region, in the sense that it lets you explore one of the toughest mountain ranges on the planet, without putting you through a lot of physical hardship. The Base Camp treks are always far more enticing, but they’re a bit tough on your body as well. The panorama trek lets you enjoy fascinating views of the region, making sure that trekking always feels like a pleasure.

Highlights

  • Climb the Thorungla Pass, the highest mountain pass on the planet
  • Enjoy the stunning scenery of the Annapurna Himalayas
  • Explore some of the best trekking trails in the country

Lowlight

  • Certain parts of the trek can feel very strenuous

Trek Facts

  • Difficulty: Level 3 – Moderate Difficulty
  • Remoteness: Not Remote
  • Price/ Cost: Cheap
  • Best Season: September to November, March to May
  • Accommodation type: Basic tea houses, luxury lodges
  • Restricted Permits: No
  • Max elevation: 5416 m (Thorungla Pass)
  • Accessible during Winter (Dec-Jan): No

As an ending note, Bookmundi also recommends you to check out the Top 12 Best Treks in Nepal – Snapshot Overview  and the Top 10 Best Climbing Peaks in Nepal – Snapshot Overview to  ensure that you select the climbing peak suiting exactly your needs!

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